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The Iron Road: The Illustrated History of Railway

The Iron Road: The Illustrated History of Railway

From the historic moment in September 1830 when the first train ran between Liverpool and Manchester, to the high speed trains bulleting across Asia and Europe, The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad looks at how railroads have changed the world.

Introduction

THE FIRST TRACKS

From Wagonways to Railroads

Father of the Railroads

Powering the Engine

The First American Railroads

The Early Years of American Steam

Europe Takes to the Rails

Map: Western European Railroads

Railroad Mania

Wheels and Trucks

The American Civil War

Signals in the Steam Age

Heroic Failures

India: Dalhousie’s Colonial Imperative

Map: Early Indian Railroads

The Navvies: Digging, Drinking, and Fighting

The Track Structure

Cuban Sugar Railroads

THE SPREAD OF THE RAILROADS

Crossing the Alps

Climbing Mountains

The Panama Railroad: A Deadly Rush for Gold

Crossing America

Map: North American Transcontinentals

Going Underground

Death on the Rails

Stopping the Train

The Railroad Experience

Turnouts and Sidings

Temples of Steam

Railroad Signal Telegraphy

Monopolies and Railroad Barons

Building Bridges

The Pullman Phenomenon

RAILROADS COME OF AGE

The Trans-Siberian Railway

Map: The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Orient Express

The Most Spectacular Railroads in the World

Going Uphill

Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railroad

Hauling Freight

Cape to Cairo: the Railroad that Never Was

Map: Cape to Cairo

Electricity Lightens the Load

Going Electric

The People Who Ran the Railroads

The Wrong Side of the Tracks

Indian Hill Railroads: Climbing Out of the Heat

WAR AND UNCERTAINTY

The Golden Age of the Railroads

The Field Railroads of World War I

American Luxury

Wartime Railroad Disasters

The Hejaz Railway

Streamliners

Australia’s Gauge Bungle

High-speed Steam Trains

Going Diesel: from the Fliegende Hamburgerto the Future

Diesel Power Meets Electricity

World War II: Atrocities on the Line

THE IRON ROAD TODAY

Brezhnev’s Folly

Railroads Lost and Found

Vive le Channel Tunnel

Building Tunnels

Switzerland: the Best of the Best

Going Faster: Bullet Trains and High-speed Lines

China, the New Pioneer

The Railroad Renaissance

Maglev Trains

Glossary

Bibliography